Timothy Peters Picks Up Fourth Top-10 of 2016 at Charlotte

Timothy Peters piloted the No. 17 Toyota Tundra to a seventh-place finish, his fourth top-ten in six races, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. On Thursday, all but one practice session was rained out, and Peters posted the 20th fastest lap. On Friday, Mother Nature ruled the day and qualifying was canceled and the race postponed until Saturday due to inclement weather, so the field was set per the NASCAR Rule Book by practice speeds. Peters would begin the race in the 20th position. Saturday brought sunny skies in the afternoon and Peters took the green flag in 20th position, but gained six spots on the first lap as one lane was held up. Peters continued to march forward until the first caution on lap 24, when he hit pit road for four Goodyear tires and Sunoco fuel. He was in the 13th position, but a quick stop by the No. 17 team put him in the eighth spot for the restart. Peters continued to gain positions and was up to third by the next caution on lap 67, during which crew chief Shane Huffman called him to pit road for another four tire stop. Peters exited pit road with the lead. He led 11 laps before falling back. Peters had to pit under green for fuel with 12 laps to go, putting him back in the running order, but he worked his way back up to finish in the seventh position.
Start – 20
Finish – 7
Driver Points Position – 2
Owner Points Position – 2
Laps Led – 11
Timothy Peters Quote:
“Shane (Huffman, crew chief) and the guys made good adjustments after practice on Thursday. We didn’t have a good balance then, so to have a balance like we did was really encouraging in the race. We moved up really fast, but the way it cycled out at the end with fuel mileage we came up seventh, but we feel like we had a top-five Toyota Tundra.”